MODERNIZATION OF HISTORIC POLISH RAILWAY STATION BUILDINGS FROM THE INTERWAR PERIOD

                                                                                       

ABSTRACT

The article describes the process of transformation of historic railway stations for the modernization and adaptation to new functions in the light of legal, design and realization issues. Problems are presented on the example of studied objects - stations created in the interwar period in Poland and modernized after 2006. The study showed lack of significant elements in the design and the executive processes, such as the identification and evaluation of historic values, study of history and character of the object and documentation of changes. There is also no concept of managing historic station buildings . As a result, many of the renovated objects will lose its unique character, the attributes of historic value and original function. The introduction of new functions seems problematic for managers, what makes some stations remain unoccupied.

Key words: railway stations, modernization, adaptation, protection of historic buildings, historic values, interwar period, function change